Diverticulosis is a condition of the large intestine that usually results from consuming insufficient dietary fiber. As a result of higher than normal pressure in the large intestine (colon) small hernias or “out-pouches” develop called diverticula. In most people diverticulosis causes no symptoms.
Diverticulitis is a disease that is caused by inflammation of the preexisting diverticula. Patients with acute diverticulitis experience left lower abdominal pain that is sometimes associated with fever, constipation or diarrhea. The treatment of uncomplicated diverticulitis includes dietary restriction and antibiotics.
Occasionally patients require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics. A small percentages of patients with severe diverticulitis can develop intestinal obstruction, perforation, abscess or hemorrhage . If patients with severe diverticulitis do not respond rapidly to medical treatment, surgery may be necessary to remove the diseased portion of the large intestine.
Ultimately the treatment of diverticulosis/diverticulitis is very much an individualized process and should never be dictated based solely upon isolated factors such as age, number of attacks or severity of an one attack. Drs. Worsey and Beiermeister have extensive training and experience with this disease process and and will work with each patient to find the best possible treatment plan be that surgical or nonsurgical.
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